Fundamentals of Patient Safety

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Member price: $120.00
Non-member price: $160.00

Course Description

THIS IS AN ONLINE ACTIVITY. Hard copies are not available.

Member price: $120.00 Non-member price: 160.00

Fundamentals of Patient Safety is an interactive, online CME course covering patient safety principles, reinforced with anesthesia-specific scenarios and examples. Case studies, quizzes and exercises within the course provide ample opportunity to apply patient safety concepts to the practice of anesthesiology. This course can be utilized to fulfill a component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s MOCA® requirements.

EACH MODULE contains the following components:

  • Pre-and Post-Assessments
  • Readings
  • Practice exercises
  • Case studies
  • Glossary

IMPORTANT: In order to complete each case - you must view every page, including clicking on and completing all of the TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE exercises.  Find more…

Learning Objectives:

  • Module 1: Epidemiology of Safety and Harm This module will look at how and why errors happen, including which type of medical errors are most common, the root causes of errors, and how error reporting and analysis relate to prevention.
  • Module 2:The Systems Approach to Improving Patient Safety Blame and shame is being replaced by the systems approach. This module examines healthcare systems, the inherent errors, and how a system approach can anticipate and prevent those errors.
  • Module 3:Communication problems are the most common root cause of serious medical errors. This module looks at the role of communication in patient safety and barriers to and strategies for improved communication.
  • Module 4:Safety Culture This module will introduce the concept of a safety culture, its characteristics, and how such a culture can be established.


Included activities:

Faculty & Credentials:

Fundamentals of Patient Safety

Disclosure and Resolution of Conflicts of Interest

American Society of Anesthesiologists adheres to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education. In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the ASA implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all persons in a position to control content of this CME activity. All presenters are required to make a verbal disclosure prior to their presentation.

Planning Committee Members: Letitia Jane Easdown, M.D, Markus G. Klass, M.D, Ph.D.,Lorri A. Lee,  M.D., David P. Martin, M.D, Ph.D., William T. O'Byrne,  M.D., Richard C. Prielipp, M.D, M.B.A., FCCM, Tetsu Butch Uejima, M.D, CPHRM, have no financial interest in or affiliation with any commercial supporter or providers of any commercial services discussed in this educational material.

ASA Staff: Julie Hopkins, MA, M.B.A., Mary Carol Badat, MAdEd have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Core Competencies:

Patient care or patient-centered care

Target Audience:

Practicing anesthesiologists

CME Credit:

10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

10.00 Non-physician Credit

Non-physicians may receive a Certificate of Completion stating that this activity was designated for 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


At the beginning of each module you will be asked to take a pretest prior to advancing to the module content. After the pretest the content for each Section will begin on the main screen. At various points you will be directed to Readings 1,2,3, or 4 (accessed via the tabs at the top of the screen) which pertain to fundamental concepts of patient safety and supplement the anesthesia-specific information in each Section. All of the Readings will be included in the post-assessment. Resume the slides on the main screen after completing the reading. In each Section there may also be exercises or questions to complete in order to advance to the next slide. After all Sections have been completed, anesthesia case studies are presented to highlight the concepts. The case studies may also contain exercises – TEST MY KNOWLEDGE – you must complete ALL of these to successfully complete the module.

Required Hardware / Software:

Adobe Flash and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Internet connection, web browser (Chrome, Firefox or Safari) version must have been released within the last three years.

NOTE: This program is NOT supported on Internet Explorer 11, iPad and iPhone.



Version 1 Release Date: 06/20/2011       Version 1 Expiration Date: 06/19/2014
Version 2 Release Date: 06/05/2014       Version 2 Expiration Date: 09/18/2015

Activity Release Date:

06/05/2014 (All day)

Activity Expiration Date:

09/18/2015 - 11:59pm

Estimated Time to Complete:

10 hours